Located in the Bronx, New York, City Island is a small island, approximately one mile long and a quarter mile wide. City Island is surrounded by Eastchester Bay on one side and Long Island Sound on the other. Its bridge attaches to a roadway adjacent to Pelham Bay Park, New York City's largest park. In this area, and in the waters and wetlands, in and around City Island, many bird species thrive. Here, several and varied migratory birds are found. This website was created to help study, appreciate, and protect all the birds of this area.

City Island Birds
Since 2007

Welcome to City Island Birds. I created this website because this area of New York City is little known and underutilized by birdwatchers and other nature lovers. Pelham Bay Park, with its woods and wetlands is a critical stopover and nesting area to many migratory species.

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Barnacle Goose at Orchard Beach

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Traveling and Birding the Amazon

Several people have requested information about our trip to the Amazon.

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Beginner’s Guide

Binocular and Smartphone Help

If you’re not familiar with how your computer or smartphone can help you be a better and more successful birder, you should read my little primer, link here.

If you need or want a new pair of binoculars, you might want to begin here. Binoculars have really changed in the last few years. You can get a fantastic pair for a few hundred dollars and a really good pair for less than $200. Years ago, there wasn’t nearly as much choice. You should link here for ratings.

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A Black-throated Green Warbler in the fall, photographed at Turtle Cove.

Seeing an American Tree Sparrow is definitely a possibility this time of the year.

List of Birds at Our Puddle 2017

Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Pectoral Sandpiper, Baird’s Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Killdeer, White-rumped Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Black-headed Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Bonaparte’s Gull, Laughing Gull, Peregrine Falcon, Wilson’s Snipe, American Pipit, Merlin, Canada Goose.


             

Rose-breasted Grosbeak should be around the park. This one was photographed in late September. This is a female.

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An October Yellow-rump Warbler.

All photos and text by Jack Rothman

All rights reserved. No photo may be copied or duplicated without written permission.

Updated 10/11/18

Copyright 2018

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Savannah Sparrows should be around the park.

Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets are late migrants, they should be here by now.

An October, Palm Warbler.

Jack’s Upcoming Walks

October 20, Orchard Beach, Link for information

November 10,Van Cortlandt Park, Nature Center at 9:00am

A few days of NW winds has brought in birds. Let’s check out Orchard Beach and maybe Hunter Island on Saturday.

If you’re interested in being on our distribution list, just send an email to:

jack@cityislandbirds.com.  We are totally non-commercial and your name and email address won’t be shared with anyone. All walks are free.

Want to know what a birdwalk is like? Watch this video done by Rafael Samanez on one of our PBPK walks, if you were there, you may be in it!  Link Here


You’re Invited! I will be giving a presentation, “Pelham Bay Park, Birds, Birders and a Little History,” October 24, at Lenoir Preserve, for Hudson River Audubon in Yonkers. The program begins at 7:30pm. Link for directions to the nature center.


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